Donna Andersen is author Lovefraud.com, a website and blog that teach people how to recognize and recover from sociopaths. Her new book is Red Flags of Love Fraud—10 signs you’re dating a sociopath, and the accompanying Red Flags of Love Fraud Workbook. Her first book was Love Fraud—How marriage to a sociopath fulfilled my spiritual plan.
Donna learned about sociopaths the hard way—by marrying one. James Alwyn Montgomery, originally of Sydney, Australia, met her and quickly proposed in 1996. In two and a half years, Montgomery defrauded her of $227,000, cheated on her with at least six women, fathered a child with one of them, and then, 10 days after Andersen left him, married the mother of the child. It was the second time he committed bigamy.
This man had no conscience, no empathy and lied prolifically—which Donna learned, far too late, were the cardinal signs of a sociopath. In 2005, Donna launched Lovefraud.com to educate the public about this destructive personality disorder.
Lovefraud.com now receives more than 50,000 unique visitors a month, and is considered the best source on the Internet about sociopaths. Donna has collected more than 3,000 cases of people targeted by sociopaths, and the Lovefraud blog has evolved into a healing community of survivors. Donna receives many e-mails thanking Lovefraud for saving their lives.
Donna has worked as a freelance copywriter since 1983, and was the original editor of Atlantic City Magazine from 1978 to 1982. She graduated summa cum laude from the Syracuse University's S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 1978. While at college she co-founded a student magazine and worked at the student newspaper, the Daily Orange.